The long wait is almost over, as the 2018 Canada West football season is set to kick off this Friday.
To get you prepared for the upcoming season, here’s a look at all six conference teams who will be vying for the Hardy Cup.
WEEK 1 SCHEDULE
|DATE||AWAY||HOME||TIME||WHERE TO WATCH||LIVE STATS LINK|
|Aug. 31||Alberta||Saskatchewan||7:00 p.m. CST||SaskTel, TELUS, Bell MTS, Canada West TV||Live stats|
|Calgary||Regina||7:00 p.m. CST||SaskTel, TELUS, Bell MTS, Canada West TV||Live stats|
|Sept. 1||Manitoba||UBC||7:00 p.m. PDT||SaskTel, TELUS, Bell MTS, Canada West TV||Live stats|
WATCH THE CANADA WEST FOOTBALL SHOWCASE
Following a successful inaugural season in 2017, the Canada West Football Showcase will be back on televisions across Western Canada for the next three years.
Canada West games can be seen all season long by tuning into SaskTel maxTV in the province of Saskatchewan, TELUS Optik TV in British Columbia and Alberta, and Bell MTS Fibe TV in Manitoba.
Year two of the CW Football Showcase begins with an opening night double-header on Friday, August. 31, as Regina hosts Calgary (7 p.m. CST) and Saskatchewan welcomes Alberta (7 p.m. CST).
Week 1 channel listings:
- Aug. 31 – ALB vs. SSK: SaskTel (49 SD/349 HD), TELUS (998 HD/9998 SD), Bell MTS (TBD)
- Aug. 31 – CGY vs. REG: SaskTel (48 SD/348 HD), TELUS (997 HD/9997 SD), Bell MTS (1802 HD)
- Sept. 1 – MAN vs. UBC: SaskTel (49 SD/349 HD), TELUS (998 HD/9998 SD), Bell MTS (TBD)
ALL THE ACTION ON CANADA WEST TV
Fans can watch every Canada West football regular season and playoff game this season on Canada West TV – the official streaming home of the conference.
The 2018-19 athletic season marks the conference’s second year with Yare Media, who partnered with Canada West to provide customers with the optimal viewing experience based on their device and internet connectivity.
2018-19 season passes are available here.
2018 SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES SEASON PREVIEW
2018 CW pre-season coaches poll rank: 6th
2017 CW regular season record: 2-6, 5th
2017 post-season record: missed playoffs
Head coach: Scott Flory (2nd season) / 2-6 (career CW reg. season record)
Last Hardy Cup championship / total Hardy Cup championships: 2006 / 18
Last Vanier Cup championship / total Vanier Cup championships: 1998 / 3
2017 CW regular season ranks:
- Points for: 30.6 PPG, 4th
- Total offence: 448 YPG, 5th
- Points against: 35.8 PPG, 5th
- Total defence: 544.9 YPG, 6th
2017 CW regular season leaders:
- Passing yards: 2572 – Kyle Siemens, quartrerback
- Rushing yards: 395 – Colton Klassen, running back
- Receiving yards: 935 – Mitch Hillis, receiver
- All-purpose yards: 1018 – Mitch Hillis, receiver
- Tackles: 54.5 – Brooks Falloon, defensive back
- Sacks: 4.5 – Evan Machibroda, defensive lineman
- Interceptions: 4 – Payton Hall, defensive back
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
- Adam Machart / RB / 2 / Saskatoon, SK / Saskatoon Hilltops
- Charlie Ringland / DB / 1 / Neelin, MB / Neelin Spartans
- Riley Pickett / DL / 5 / Saskatoon, SK / Saskatoon Hilltops
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
- Mitch Hillis / REC / Saskatoon, SK / 5
- Brooks Falloon / DB / St. Lazare, MB / 2
- Matthew Kozun / DL / Saskatoon, SK / 2
- Chad Braun / REC / Saskatoon, SK / 2
Key offensive performer:
The leader of the Huskie offence, Kyle Siemens returns for his final season in the green and white of the Huskies. Now entering his third-year as the starting quarterback, Siemens had an outstanding 2017 season, leading Canada West in both passing yards (2572) and touchdown passes (19).
Siemens also finished second in the conference with 201 completions and set single-season Huskie records in both passing yards and pass completions. Another 2,000-yard season would move Siemens into second all-time in Huskies career passing yards.
Key defensive performer:
Returning for his fourth year of eligibility, defensive back Payton Hall is the definition of a ball-hawk in the Huskie secondary. Last season the 5-11 Arts & Science major recorded four interceptions in the seven games that he played in.
Hall also was fifth on the team with 30.5 tackles and picked up a sack on the year. With a wealth of returning experience on the defensive side of the ball, Hall will be one to watch on the Huskie defence.
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